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Forbflaith (later Farbhlaidh, Forbhlaith, or Forlaith) is an Irish and Scottish Gaelic feminine given name meaning "an overlord, ruler, sovereign".[1] It was recorded in this form in 8th-century Ireland.[2]

The Anglicized form Ferelith has been in rare use since the late 19th century (a prominent bearer being Lady Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon (1917–80), later Princess Anne of Denmark, a niece of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother).[3]


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  1. ^ eDIL - Dictionary of the Irish Language Letter F, Column 335
  2. ^ Forbflaith:
  3. ^ Sheard, K. M. (2011), Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names, p. 225, at Google Books, p. 225, ISBN 9780738723686.